Title 16

Chapter 24
Children With Disabilities [See Title 16 Chapter 97 — The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-24-19

§ 16-24-19. Special education local advisory committees.

(a) Every public school district shall, on the district’s website:

(1) Post and maintain either a link to the website of the district’s special education local advisory committee (the “committee”), or provide the contact information for the committee; and

(2) Post or otherwise list the dates of meetings of the committee during the school year.

(b) All districts shall maintain and promote committees that are active. As used herein, the term “active” means that the committee meets at least four (4) times per year during the school year; provided, one of these four (4) meetings may take place during the summer months if the district operates an extended school year program for students with disabilities. A parent, guardian, or other legally responsible adult of a student in a district where the committee is not active may notify the school superintendent as to this lack of an active committee, on a written notice form (“notice”) prepared by the district. Upon receipt of a notice under this section, the district superintendent and the director of special education shall investigate the notice to determine if the committee is or is not active. If the committee is not active, the district shall investigate why the committee is not active and shall undertake efforts to make the committee active.

(c) At every meeting with a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult (“responsible adult”) of a student who is disabled, which meeting involves a review, modification, or continuation of that student’s individual education program or 504 plan, the district shall provide a written notice to the responsible adult that informs the responsible adult of the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to, the contact information for the committee and the dates of scheduled meetings.

History of Section.
P.L. 2023, ch. 383, § 1, effective June 26, 2023; P.L. 2023, ch. 384, § 1, effective June 26, 2023.